The Retail Apocalypse (Incorporating Casual Dining Closures)

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by Vermilion » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:05 am

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-51239822

Not sure if anyone noticed this, but Hawkins Bazaar has gone into administration again.

I blame the curse of the Funko Pops.

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by Lex-Man » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:14 am

Vermilion wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-51239822

Not sure if anyone noticed this, but Hawkins Bazaar has gone into administration again.

I blame the curse of the Funko Pops.


To be fair these kind of places are always going bust. I've seen a bunch of different brands that are basically the same thing go under over the years.

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PostRe: The Retail Apocalypse (Incorporating Casual Dining Closures)
by Jenuall » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:55 am

Lex-Man wrote:
Vermilion wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-51239822

Not sure if anyone noticed this, but Hawkins Bazaar has gone into administration again.

I blame the curse of the Funko Pops.


To be fair these kind of places are always going bust. I've seen a bunch of different brands that are basically the same thing go under over the years.

I dropped £50 in there on some Lego before Christmas. Found out 5 minutes later that it was nearly half that price in Tesco so took it back. I suspect a lot of these shops are just getting muscled out by the big boys who can take the hit on discounting more heavily.

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by OrangeRKN » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:28 am

Chocolate-Milk wrote:
OrangeRKN wrote:What's the difference between new and as-new, unless you're keeping it shrink-wrapped for collection purposes only?

GAME have never been known for their delicate touch. Whenever I've bought new games there, the contents of the cases were just tossed with abandon into a draw behind the tills, which meant they usually had scuffed manuals at best, and scratched, finger-marked discs at worst.

Plus those massive price stickers are a twat to get off the cases.


I've bought from Game plenty of times and never had an issue, I imagine that depends a lot on the store/staff.

I've had problems with stickers on pre-owned games where they've been left on too long or had multiple stickers layered (and they're horrible on anything cardboard!) but normally they peel off the plastic without any issue - if the box has a sticker at all.

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by Lex-Man » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:34 am

Jenuall wrote:
Lex-Man wrote:
Vermilion wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-51239822

Not sure if anyone noticed this, but Hawkins Bazaar has gone into administration again.

I blame the curse of the Funko Pops.


To be fair these kind of places are always going bust. I've seen a bunch of different brands that are basically the same thing go under over the years.

I dropped £50 in there on some Lego before Christmas. Found out 5 minutes later that it was nearly half that price in Tesco so took it back. I suspect a lot of these shops are just getting muscled out by the big boys who can take the hit on discounting more heavily.


They also just sell stuff that you don't really need. It's fun to look around but I don't think I've ever spent any money.

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PostRe: The Retail Apocalypse (Incorporating Casual Dining Closures)
by Winckle » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:57 am

I think Lex is close to hitting the nail on the head there. But the issue is twofold. Yes, they sell stuff "you don't really need", but with people's incomes being so squeezed by high rents and low pay, nobody has the disposable income to fritter on frivolities.

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by Lex-Man » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:14 am

I can't remember the names of them all but the Gadget shop was basically Hawkins Bazaar and I've seen a number of other kinds come and go over the years.. I'm sure the economy doesn't help but those kinds of shops have a short shelf life anyway.

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